【Gyokuro】Tokuya’s Wild Gyokuro

(1 customer review)


This tea is produced in Kamo, Kyoto under absolutely natural circumstances. The farmer omits besides non-natural fertiliser and other products even the use of natural additional substances. His focus is on producing a solely natural agricultural product, allowing the tea tree to develop an energy and vitality of its own accord, solely relying on its natural environment for nourishment and support.

Single Estate
Kamo, Kyoto, Japan.

Single Cultivar

Green Tea
Naturally produced Gyokuro.

New Harvest
May 21, 2022.
Shaded for 21 days.
Shelf-type shading.

Additional information

The only artificial means the producer uses is black cheesecloth used to cover the bushes for approximately 20 days before harvest to suppress bitterness and enhance the inherent sweetness, and fragrance of the tea as is customary with the production of Gyokuro.

Since the producer believes in a natural approach, he also refrains from filtering and processing his finished product too much, and wishes to deliver an all encompassing impression of the agricultural product he has created through the final product he has manufactured. The light-green shiny twigs and soft, thick ‘hair-‘like stem and leaf-vein parts that complement the tea’s dark shiny green gyokuro leaf is indicative of this conviction.

Deriving from this appearance, I like to call this tea a ‘Wild Gyokuro‘, a term I find better suitable to describe the qualities of this tea. And it is this leaf that produces this tea’s vibrant light-green liquor that isn’t absolutely cloudy, but rather faintly unclear due to the many small particles floating around in the brew.

The brew has a thick, sweet flavor with a sufficient tone of the ‘oika‘ (or scent induced by covering) as is desirable for Gyokuro, with a faint spinachy green undertone and a green forest and spring flowers in the lingering aroma.

About the manufacturer

Yamazaki Tokuya

Independent farmer at Kamo Nature Farm

Born in 1983. Grew up in a tea farmer family. Having suffered under conventional farming methods, he resolved to return to an absolute organic and natural approach. “Let tea be tea; let people be people.” It is in the same way that he aims to raise his two children.

Pesticide free
Absolutely natural growth

About the tea garden

Sugitani Gokō


10 ares.
Tea mountain.
Altitude 123m.

The Gokō cultivar has a short harvesting period. Timing is important.


Direction and angle
Southward facing.

Ridge direction and shape:
Horizontally South to West.

About the climate

Surrounded by other farms. Almost no trees around, which makes that the farm receives abundant sunlight.

Surroundings and environmental circumstances
Steep sloping surface, which makes harvest labor intensive, but has the benefit that water drainage is good. Since no fertilizer was used during the bush’s growth, the impact from the soil on the flavor is direct. The authentic aroma of this cultivar adds to the tea’s appeal.

About the tea cultivar species

Cultivar details - Gokō

This native cultivar has been growing in its present location high up in the mountains in Nara Prefecture, unmodified, for over half a century. It is distinguished by a gentle yet distinct sweetness on the palate.

Tea Industry Research Center of Kyoto Prefecture.

Derived from a native Uji cultivar. Registered in 1953.

A slightly late-grower. About 3 days behind Yabukita.

A Gyokuro cultivar with a distinctly volatile aroma. This cultivar is often used to produce prizewinning Gyokuro teas. The bush produces a faint green leaf that is rather smooth and free of wrinkles. Its branches spread well to all sides. Its yield is good and comparable to the yield of the Yabukita cultivar..

Its resistance is fairly strong against cold and diseases.

Brewing guidelines

Suggested measurements for 1 portion.

Amount of tea


Water temperature


Water amount


Steeping duration

2~3 min

Suggested no. of infusions: [3]

Additional comments:

For the first brew I use 60℃ hot water for a steeping of 2 minutes and half.
For the 2nd brew I raise the temperature to 75℃ at 2 minutes.
This produces a slightly enhanced thickness of the sweetness with a pleasant freshness reminiscent of menthol along the sides of the tongue.
For the third, and successive brews I brew at 98℃ for one minute.
Surprisingly you will discover that the tea produces almost no expressive bitterness, remaining cloaked in a natural sweetness up to the 5th brew.

Additional impressions:

The brew has a thick, sweet flavor with a sufficient tone of the ‘oika’ (or scent induced by covering) as is desirable for Gyokuro, with a faint spinachy green undertone and a green forest and spring flowers in the lingering aroma.

【Gyokuro】Tokuya’s Wild Gyokuro


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Weight45 g
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1 review for 【Gyokuro】Tokuya’s Wild Gyokuro

  1. Jon Hutson (verified owner)

    This tea is lovely with no bitterness. I was able to make 5 infusions and each one was delicious. The later brews had a wonderful fruitiness to them.

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